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Simpson Cosponsors Bill to Protect Multiple-Use on BLM Land

Simpson Cosponsors Bill to Protect Multiple-Use on BLM Land 

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson cosponsored H.R. 3397, legislation that would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to withdraw its “Conservation and Landscape Health” proposed rule.  The proposed rule would significantly impact how Idahoans interact with and enjoy the 12 million acres of BLM-managed land across Idaho by changing the longstanding and well-understood multiple-use approach of land management.

“For decades, Idahoans have cherished the concept of multiple uses on public lands and have proven to be responsible stewards.  The proposed rule jeopardizes years of successful management and collaboration between stakeholders who live, work, and recreate on public lands,” said Simpson.  “As Chairman of the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee with jurisdiction over the BLM, I remain committed to working with the BLM on this issue and ensuring the voices of Idahoans are heard.”


On April 3, 2023, BLM proposed the “Conservation and Landscape Health” rule that subverts the Congressional “multiple-use” mandate—established by the Federal Land Policy and Management Act—that federal land and its resources must be utilized for various purposes to "best meet the needs of the people."  By enacting a restrictive framework for ‘conservation leases,’ the rule threatens access to federal lands for other critical purposes such as grazing, mining, outdoor recreation, and energy development projects while giving conservation lease holders the power to prevent access to public lands.

On May 12, 2023, the Idaho delegation wrote a letter to BLM Director Tracy Stone-Manning raising concerns about the proposal and requesting the BLM to hold in-person meetings in Idaho to gather feedback from the stakeholders that this proposed rule will impact.